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Plinia edulis - (Vell.) Sobral

Common Name Cambuca, ambucazeiro, Cambuca-verdadeiro
Family Myrtaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Lowland on alluvial plains and at the base of moist slopes, usually in dense, primary rainforests[416 , 419 ].
Range S. America - northern Argentina, southern Brazil.
Edibility Rating    (4 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Plinia edulis Cambuca, ambucazeiro, Cambuca-verdadeiro

Plinia edulis Cambuca, ambucazeiro, Cambuca-verdadeiro


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Cambuca, Plinia edulis, is a tropical fruit tree reaching about 5-10 m high and 30-40 cm in trunk diameter. It is usually grown in Brazil and other parts of South America. It has a dense, pyramidal crown and short trunk. The bark is orange-red and thin. The leaves are simple. Flowers occur in small groups on stems and branches. Fruits are round, orange-yellow, and comprised of yellow pulp and a large seed. It is edible and can be consumed raw or cooked. There is no known medicinal use of this species. The wood is of medium durability and ideal for making tool handles, agricultural tools, cabinets, and precision instruments. The plant is grown from seeds and germination occurs in 40-100 days.

Physical Characteristics

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Plinia edulis is an evergreen Tree growing to 7 m (23ft) by 5 m (16ft) at a slow rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 10.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[317 ]. A succulent, fleshy pulp with a delicious, sweet-acidic flavour[416 ]. The fruits are up to 4cm in diameter, containing a single, large seed[416 , 419 ].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses


Other Uses: The wood is moderately heavy, elastic, with good mechanical properties, and medium durability. It is suitable for making tool handles and other agricultural tools, precision instruments and cabinet making[419 ].

Special Uses

Food Forest

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Cultivation details

Grows best with some shade[419 ]. Prefers a deep, fertile, humus-rich soil[200 ]. Plants have a high requirement for iron[200 ]. A slow-growing plant[419 ].

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Seed - it has a very short viability and so should be sown as soon as it is ripe[419 ]. Sow the seed in individual containers and keep in a semi-shaded position. Germination rates are usually over 40%, with the seed sprouting within 40 - 100 days[419 ]. The seed usually germinates within 1 month[200 ]. Seedlings grow away slowly, but are usually ready for planting into their permanent positions within 10 months of germinating[419 ]. Cuttings.

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Found In

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Brazil, South America,

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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Plinia caulifloraJaboticabaTree13.0 10-12 SLMHNM402

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.


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(Vell.) Sobral

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